Williams Distinguished Lecture Series: Pixar Animation Studios CTO Steve May
Dave and Margie Williams Auditorium
Mars G. Fontana Laboratories
140 W 19th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
Registration for this event is at capacity. You will not be admitted unless you registered in advance.
CTO, Pixar Animation Studios
“Engineering and the Illusions of Life”
Alumnus Steve May (PhD, ‘98) will talk about his path from Ohio State to Pixar, how Pixar fuses
art and engineering to create Academy Award™-winning films, and Pixar’s latest, groundbreaking
May’s tenure at Pixar Animation Studios spans more than 24 years, where he is currently Chief
Technology Officer. In this role, he supports all technology at the studio, including software R&D,
information systems, RenderMan, and the development of visual effects tools and processes for
each film. He started as a technical director on TOY STORY 2. For Pixar’s next film, MONSTERS,
INC., he helped to pioneer the fur technology and overall look for the character Sullivan. He went
on to work as a supervising technical director for FINDING NEMO, CARS, UP and BRAVE.
Prior to Pixar, Steve was a member of the research faculty at The Ohio State University. He
received a PhD in computer science and engineering as well as bachelor’s of science and
master’s of science degrees from Ohio State.